Adams makes donation to Michigan State

Former MSU offensive tackle gives $1.5 million to MSU for North End Zone expansion project and, pending approval, the home locker room will be named for his late mother, Rachel Adams.

Spartan Stadium has undergone updates and upgrades in recent years and the latest focuses on a big north end zone expansion.

The project is adding plenty of new facilities, including a new locker room, and on Saturday, former Michigan State and NFL offensive tackle Flozell Adams made $1.5 million donation to aid the effort.

"I thought it would be a good idea to make a donation to it so we can make a step forward as a program," Adams said. "Right now is as good a time as any to do that. I'm sure you guys have seen the old locker room, it's pretty ancient."

The donation brings the fundraising effort to the project to more than $20 million with the $24 million addition scheduled to be completed in July 2014.

Pending approval from the Michigan State Board of Trustees, the home locker room will be named for Adams' late mother, Rachel Adams.

Adams said it he wanted to name it after his mother because of how she used to wait for him outside the locker room after his games at Michigan State until she passed in 1996 from breast cancer.

He also said it was for how she made a significant impact on his decision to come here.

"My mother was my rock," he said. "I could talk to her about anything. We spoke on Fridays before every game and I looked forward to her hugs after every home game.

"The donation and naming opportunity is the appropriate way to thank her and pay tribute for her."

Adams was a first-team All-American and earned Big Ten offensive lineman of the year honors in 1997. He was a second-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1998 NFL Draft and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection in his 13 years in the NFL, which included 12 with Dallas.


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